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Présence Africaine: Text, Thought and Movement

Présence Africaine : Text, thought and movement


  • Negritude
  • Decolonization
  • Cold War era
  • Cultural studies


  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Europe
  • Atlantic



About the Project

Project term: April, 2018–March, 2021

Our research project deals with the black literary and cultural journal Présence Africaine, first published in 1947. By re-examining selected issues, the project attempts to shed new light on black thought and political movements of the mid-20th century, thereby attempting to explore the changing relations between politics and culture in the increasingly globalized world of the post-Cold War era. To achieve this aim, the project will consist of collective reading of texts published in the journal and written in a variety of languages, reflection on current black thoughts such as négritude from different angles, and research on the journal’s connection with international black movements.

Takayuki NAKAMURA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, Waseda University)



  • Takayuki NAKAMURA (Waseda University)


  • Yutaka SAKUMA

Joint Researchers

  • Kay AOKI
  • Kunio FUKUDA
  • Moriyuki HOSHINO
  • Ryoichi KUNO
  • Hisashi MATSUMOTO
  • Haruse MURATA
  • Seiji NAKAO
  • Ryo OGAWA
  • YuChol RIM
  • Masaki SAKIYAMA
  • Yukio SATO
  • Yuichi SEKIYA
  • Hidehiro TACHIBANA



The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(136KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 27 Jan 2019 15:00–18:00
  • Venue: Collaboration Room 4, 4F, Bldg.18, Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo (3-8-1 Komaba Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: French and Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) ”Global Studies on Historical Formation of World Cultural Capital System” (Principal Investigator: Moriyuki HOSHINO (The University of Tokyo)) (17H02328), ILCAA Joint Research Project “Présence Africaine: Text, Thought and Movement”
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The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(215KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 24 Jun 2018 10:30–18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F Seminar Room
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Joint Research Project “Présence Africaine: Text, Thought and Movement”, Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Exploratory) “Study of the black literary and cultural journal Présence Africaine by an anthropological approach”
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    Hidehiro TACHIBANA (ILCAA joint Researcher, Waseda University)
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